The Prayer of St. Francis
This is one of my all time favorite prayers. For me, it is not only a prayer but a lesson in the essence of what it means to live a Christian life. At the same time it has to be a prayer, because we cannot live that life without God's help. I encourage you to pray it often.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.